Looking forward to Game 7 in the Kings-Sharks second-round series

The Kings played host Tuesday night to their first Game 7 since a 1989 contest against the Edmonton Oilers at the Forum. The Kings won that one over the Oilers 6-3 in a Smythe Division semifinal, one of three victories in seven previous winner-take-all games.

The home team won each of the first six games in the Kings-San Jose Sharks second-round series, setting up Game 7 at Staples Center. The winner advanced to the Western Conference finals against the winner of the Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings series.

The Blackhawks and Red Wings will play Game 7 on Wednesday in Chicago.

The Kings went into Game 7 with 13 consecutive victories at Staples Center, including wins in Games 1, 2 and 5 over the Sharks. They lost each of the games at HP Pavilion in San Jose by scores of 2-1, and had only one victory in six games away from home during the playoffs. The Kings were 10-1 on the road during last spring’s charge to the Stanley Cup.

Mike Richards had a team-leading 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during the playoffs for the Kings. Anze Kopitar, the Kings’ leading scorer during the regular season, had only six points (two goals, four assists) in 12 postseason games.

Logan Couture (five goals, six assists) and Joe Pavelski (four goals, seven assists) were tied for the Sharks’ lead in scoring with 11 points apiece going into Game 7. Joe Thornton added 10 points (two goals, eight assists).



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